Fact Fluency

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All third graders will be using Xtramath to track student’s progress with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Addition and subtraction should have been mastered in second grade, while multiplication and division will be the focus of third grade. If the addition/subtraction facts are not met by November, your child will participate in an intervention fact fluency group. This information will be used to track fluency and accuracy to report back to the district.

Your child should be spending 5 minutes per night on Xtramath. If you do not have access to a computer, please let me know and I will send home flashcards.

Plant Parts

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Plant parts is our next unit in science and it is a great review. In second grade, the students were responsible for identifying the parts of a plant. We will be talking about the parts of a plant and the function of each part. Flashcards were sent home yesterday and I will assess the students on Friday. We will build on our knowledge of plant parts by focusing on plant adaptations (for approximately 1-2 weeks).

Here are the flashcards if you did not see them in the nightly folder: NOTECARDS FOR PLANTS. This site also has a quiz & matching game as a review. For more plant part review, feel free to visit the Great Plant Escape website at GREAT PLANT ESCAPE WEBSITE.

Spelling Words Unit 5

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Our spelling test will be on Friday. Based on the pretest, your child will have our regular or challenge list. We are working on the words in class so the students are aware of which list. Here are the words for the week:

clock awoke
off throne
those closed
before* something*
done* explode
joke telephone
flop remote
wrote ocean
some* moment
mode envelope

Just a few reminders…

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  • If you send money (especially cash) to school, please remember to put your child’s name, teacher, and purpose of the money (For example: lunch money or walkathon). I had a blank envelope come in this week.
  • If your child attends an after school activity, please send a note specifying the days so I know not to put them on the bus.
  • Please return the signed Equipment Use Authorization Form and Be Nice Be Safe Pledge
  • If you want to order books from scholastic, please refer to blog post for directions on online ordering. Orders will be submitted on Monday, September 28th.

It’s going to be a GREAT year!

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We are having a wonderful time in 3rd grade. In math, we have learned our 2s, 3s, 5s, 9s, and 10s multiplication facts. We are quickly learning how to write and solve related division problems. We have finished our first science unit that focused on light. In writing we have written a rough draft of a personal narrative and are learning how to revise by changing our leads and endings. Verbs and adjectives have also been reviewed to assist the reader with visualizing. In reading, we are building our Workshop and have already supported our thinking by referring back to the text. We’ve completed two spelling units that focused on the long (vowel consonant /e/) and short vowels sounds for /i/ and /a/. Our vocabulary words were: describe & identify. Your children are AMAZING!

A big shout out to Carson D. for passing his addition facts with a response time under 3 seconds on Xramath!




Light Test Tomorrow

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Your child came home with a review sheet yesterday for our test on Friday. If your child misplaced it, I have added the information below:

  • When light is reflected the light hits the object and it bounces off.
  • To make a shadow you need: a light source, an object, and a blocked path.
  • The shadow is shortest at noon.
  • Light travels in straight lines and some waves.
  • When light travels from air to water it slows down and looks like it bends (think about pencil experiment).
  • When a light source is blocked a shadow forms.
  • Man-made light: light bulb, lantern, lamp, flashlight
  • Natural light: sun, stars, firefly
  • Opaque: No light passes through (examples: rock, people, wood)
  • Translucent: Some light passes through (examples: tissue paper, waxed paper)
  • Transparent: Light passes through (examples: glass, overhead, glasses)
  • When light passes through a prism, it separates into colors.
  • Think about the best color shirt to wear on a hot day and why.

Scholastic Book Orders

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Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

If you are interested in ordering:

  •  Shop online by VISITING scholastic.com/readingclub
  •  ENTER the One-Time Class Activation Code: NYZ93
  •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
  •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Unit 4 Spelling Word Lists

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This week the students will be focusing on short /i/ & long /i/ (spelled /i/ with consonant /e/). We will have a spelling test on Friday and will be completing activities in class all week to focus on these words.  The pretest today determined which list your child will bring home. Here are the words for the week:

Regular List: five, side, little, give*, dine, clip, size, wife, flip, smile

Challenge List: since, forgive*, alike, decide, polite, invite, beside, combine, reptile, spider

*oddball (doesn’t follow pattern)